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view than the Capitoli immobile saxum. I wish a committee of the House of Commons may ever seem to be the senate ; or a bill appear half so agreeable as a billet-doux. You see how deep you have carried me into old stories; I write of them with pleasure, but shall talk of them with more to you. I can't say I am sorry I was never quite a school-boy: an expedition against bargemen, or a match at cricket, may be very pretty things to recollect; but, thank my stars, I can remember things that are very near as pretty. The beginning of my Eoman history was spent in the Asylum, or conversing in Egeria's hallowed grove; not in thumping and pummelling King Amulius's herdsmen. I was sometimes troubled with a rough creature or two from the plough ; one, that one should have thought, had worked with his head, as well as his hands, they were both so callous. One of the most agreeable circumstances I can recollect is the Triumvirate, composed of yourself, Charles3, and
Your sincere friend,
HOR. WALPOLE.
8.   To GEORGE MONTAGU.
DEAR GEORGE,                                    King's College, May 20, 1736.
You will excuse my not having wrote to you, when you hear I have been a jaunt to Oxford. As you have seen it, I shall only say I think it one of the most agreeable places I ever set my eyes on. In our way thither we stopped at the Duke of Kent's1 at Wrest2. On the great staircase is a picture of the Duchess3; I said it was very like; oh, dear sir! said Mrs. Housekeeper, it's too handsome for my lady Duchess; her grace's chin is much longer than that. In
8 Charles Lyttelton. See note 1, letter to Lyttelton, Aug. 7,1732.
LETTER 8.—l Henry Grey (1671-1740), first Duke of Kent.
- Wrest   Park,   near   Silsoe,   in
Bedfordshire.
8 Lady Sophia Bentinck (d. 1748), daughter of first Earl of Portland ; m. (1729), as his second wife, the first Duke of Kent.